In the early 1970s, members of the First Presbyterian Church’s XYZ Club discussed the idea of creating a retirement community in Rolla. After research confirmed the need, the church authorized formation of a committee under the chairmanship of Hugh R. Berry, board member of Presbyterian Homes of America, Inc. A fundraising drive was launched in 1972, chaired by Edward W. Sowers.
On January 1, 1974, Rolla Presbyterian Manor opened with 16 independent living cottages and a 38-room assisted living community. The first resident, Grace Garrison, moved in the next day.
In the mid 1980s, with the goal of offering residents a continuum of care, the Manor community undertook a major expansion to add skilled nursing to its list of services. Groundbreaking was held on December 11, 1983, and approximately one year later, in January 1985, the 30-bed health care center opened featuring both private and semi-private rooms.
Over the years as the demand for senior living alternatives has increased, so have the services and quality of life at Rolla Presbyterian Manor. A $1 million capital improvements project was completed in February 2011, increasing the size of the community by approximately 20 percent, and renovating more than 2,000 square feet of existing space. Among the additions were a new multi-purpose community room, new activity center, new lobby, four new assisted living rooms, expanded laundry room, and a memory care neighborhood which opened in June 2011, adding another level of care to Presbyterian Manor’s offerings.